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Posted on: April 17, 2019

ARC Meeting Minutes 3/19/19

Meeting Minutes for 3/19/19

4:05                 Agenda Review                                                                                Learner

Adopt minutes from 2/19/19, Caitlin/David, m/s/p

4:10                 Coordinator's Report                                                                       Faith

 Misquote in San Juan Sounder … marijuana article with mistake attributed to Faith, viz. ARC had taken position, which in fact is not the case.

4:15                 Executive                                                                                           Learner

  • Charlie gave an update on Coffelt Farm. 
  •  ARC supports Land Bank stewarding agricultural land and the values represented by a successful Coffelt operation.

4:20                 Outreach                                                                                           Caitlin

  •  Agriculture Organizations retreat in May- get a date … to be held on Lopez Island … May 6-10 or 13-17 for the doodlepoll.
  • Discussion of theme for Ag Org Retreat
  • Discussion of themes from the Listening Sessions on Lopez, San Juan, Orcas and from feedback gathered at the Ag Summit and plan to develop “info sheet, ” or “FAQ webpage” of information for the various most popular topics.

4:40                 Policy                                                                                                David

  • Discussion of Marijuana in San Juan County
  • Motion by Brook  seconded by Dave Kane 
  • The motion is that Marijuana Grow operations in San Juan County be treated as a unique activity in our land use tables. 
  • Steve Bernheim against, WinnieAdams in favor, Steph Coffey  in favor, Caitlin Herlihy Lek in favor, Sam Dillingham in favor, MeikeMeisner in favor, DavidKane in favor … Motion passes.


5:35                 Ag Program Updates & General Announcements … 

  • WSU will be hiring a new ag program coordinator for WSU extension … 
  • Brooke looking for input on how to better utilize conservation land in San Juan County.  
  • David illustrated a waiver of liability for farm visitors;  
  • Charlie will take comments on Coffelt Farm ….


5:40                 Adjourn      

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